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Colombo to Kandy?

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Colombo to Kandy?

Hi - Husband and I are planning our first trip to Sri Lanka and have a question which I hope someone can help with. Am planning to land in Colombo 7 Sept morning and want to travel on to Kandy on that same day. What's the best way to do this directly from the airport? Was thinking maybe bus or, if too difficult, then can anyone recommend a driver to take us there? Also, how long is the journey from Colombo (airport) to Kandy? - thanks. Anita

Edited: 29 May 2011, 10:30
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1. Re: Colombo to Kandy?

Hi Anita

It's straightforward enough to do. You can take a free shuttle bus from the airport to Katunayake bus stand and from there, pick up a direct bus to Kandy. The journey is around 2.5 hours or so.

Sue

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2. Re: Colombo to Kandy?

Hi,

Going by bus you first have to take the free shuttle bus from the airport (far northeastern end of the pavement as you exit the terminal) to Katunayake bus stand from where you will find direct buses to Kandy. The bus journey will take 3-3.5 hours.

There are 2-3 taxi counters for tourists at the airport. A taxi to Kandy should cost approx. LKR 6,500 and will take about 3 hours.

Hans

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3. Re: Colombo to Kandy?

Be aware that there is not a lot of room on buses for luggage. If you do have bulky pieces, it may be necessary to pay for an additional seat. Given that the bus fare is so cheap, this should not be a problem.

Good luck,

David.

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4. Re: Colombo to Kandy?

thanks for the info - is much appreciated

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5. Re: Colombo to Kandy?

hi, info above on taking the bus from katunayaka to kandy is pretty accurate and taking the bus is the most cost effective way to get to kandy. But if you carrying a lot of baggage, taking the bus would be very inconvenient. If you are thinking of taking a taxi, the first place you should contact is your hotel in kandy and get the rates from them. Usually hotels in kandy provide airport pickups as a value addition and costs about Rs.7000/- this should include a person waiting at the arrivals with your name board.

Don’t forget that even after you get to kandy bus stop, you need to arrange a ride from the bus stop to your hotel too.(only if you are taking the bus)

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